It’s been a while since we heard the name Tim Friese-Greene regularly in association with any one specific band. Well known as the hidden member (and long-time producer) of Talk Talk, and acclaimed for his work on multiple Catherine Wheel and Thomas Dolby albums and other production work with Lush, Sidi Bou Said and Firefly Burning. AllMusic describes him as “renowned for his unerring sense of atmosphere and nuance, Tim Friese-Greene was among the most innovative — albeit underrecognized — producers of his era”.
Friese-Greene is now back as half of the new duo Short-Haired Domestic, together with vocalist (and wife) Lee Friese-Greene, also famed as member of 90’s London Riot Grrl band Sidi Bou Said and currently lead vocalist and guitar player for Pavlova.
Their debut album is self-titled and is loaded with goodness – all spun in various ways, in random languages but with calculated effort to make them possible – from the lyrics and music composition, training to perfect pronunciation in so many different languages, and so on.
Mixing electronic and funky guitar contributions with sweet yet confident vocals, this highly melodic and rhythmic collection of tracks may not grab a lot of folks due to being “lost in translation”, but certainly should attract the interest of fans of such bands as Stereolab, Broadcast, Sneaker Pimps and solo artists such as Kate Bush, Jane Siberry and Marnie (post-Ladytron). This is pop perfection, no matter how you spin it – refreshing and inspiring in recognizing how good music is truly universal.
Earlier in 2020, the duo released singles ‘A song in Spanish addressed to men who drive big cars’ and ‘A song in Latin… A song in Hindi…’, followed by ‘A song in Japanese about trying things out before committing’ and ‘A song in German concerning gardens and goodbyes’.
After 1995, he shifted his primary focus to creating music as a solo artist, issuing various releases under his own name and as Heligoland. Short-Haired Domestic is the next step in a logical progression for this producer – the result is melancholic and driven with a pop edge and sensibility with the music created as a response to the lyric.
As of October 2, the duo’s ‘Short-Haired Domestic’ debut LP will be available on vinyl and CD, as well as digitally across digital platforms. It can be obtained directly from the artist at https://short-haireddomestic.bandcamp.com/album/short-haired-domestic
Also check out their colorful and fun videos for two of their advance singles